DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards wrapped up their three-day test session on Sunday in preparation for the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 on Saturday, Feb. 6.
The test featured a strong entry list of names such as:
• IZOD IndyCar Series stars Danica Patrick and Milka Duno, who were among 10 female drivers turning laps in the three-day test
• Five-time Daytona Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael
• Five-time Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 champion Bobby Gerhart
• Daytona Beach native and Atlantic High School graduate Alli Owens
• Amber and Angela Cope, twin nieces of 1990 Daytona 500 champion Derrike Cope
• Brandon McReynolds, son of former Daytona 500 winning crew chief Larry McReynolds
Patrick, behind the wheel of the No. 88 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, turned her first laps in a stock car around Daytona International Speedway in both single-car and drafting sessions.
On Sunday, Patrick and her team not only did on-track testing but also participated in pit road practice. She was 10th fastest in the No. 88A Chevrolet in the morning session with a lap of 180.238 and 19th fastest in the No. 88 Chevrolet with a speed of 179.197.
In the afternoon session, she turned a total of 92 laps and posted a top speed of 182.082 mph, good enough for fifth best on the speed charts.
Patrick will make her stock car debut at NASCAR’s most storied track – Daytona International Speedway – in the season-opening Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 and will use the 80-lap, 200-mile race to prepare for her partial NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule with JR Motorsports.
The Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 event on Saturday, Feb. 6 is part of a racing tripleheader day at Daytona International Speedway with Daytona 500 Qualifying presented by Kroger and the Budweiser Shootout All-Star race all being held on the same day. Tickets start at $39.
Robb Brent was the fastest overall in the Sunday morning session with a lap of 182.741 mph followed by Mikey Kile (181.943) and Bryan Silas (181.770). In the afternoon session, Patrick Sheltra was on top of the speed charts with a lap of 183.816 mph.
Next up: The next track activity at the “World Center of Racing” will be Daytona KartWeek by Cometic Gasket on Dec. 28-30 where NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Jamie McMurray and A.J. Allmendinger will be among the hundreds of karters competing on three different courses including Daytona’s new dirt track course.
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Sunday’s Top Speeds
1. Robb Brent, 182.741 mph
2. Mikey Kile, 181.943
3. Bryan Silas, 181.770
4. Alli Owens, 181.602
5. Patrick Sheltra, 181.360
6. Steve Arpin, 181.262
7. Terry Jones, 181.225
8. Joey Coulter, 180.444
9. Jason Bowles, 180.267
10. Danica Patrick, 180.238
1. Patrick Sheltra, 183.016
2. Robb Brent, 182.671
3. Mark Thompson, 182.308
4. Sean Corr, 182.046
5. Danica Patrick, 182.028
6. Matt Lofton, 181.914
7. Leilani Munter, 181.774
8. Bobby Gerhardt, 181.712
9. Joey Coulter, 181.704
10. Grant Enfinger, 181.561